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Tudor summer celebration at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds

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Until 30 August 2021

Every day during August visitors of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will be able to watch a Tudor themed horse show in the outdoor arena adjacent to the main museum building. Expert historical horse riders will demonstrate the hunting techniques favoured by King Henry VIII, cheered on by social distanced crowd. The stables will also be open to the public every day throughout August so visitors can meet the horses and grooms.

At weekends, the outdoor mews will be filled with birds of prey and visitors can find out how falconry was part of Tudor life. Plus, a blacksmith will be taking up residency in the craft court demonstrating blacksmithing methods. Families will be able to try out archery for themselves in Armouries Square.

The highlight of the summer will be the magnificent Tudor jousting tournament taking place over the August bank holiday weekend from Saturday 28 – Monday 30 August. When highly skilled jousters will compete in full armour to show off their horse riding abilities. This year, both male and female jousters will take part in this historic spectacle.

Entry to the museum is free and tickets can be pre-booked online, some events may have a small charge.